'Decorate Your Gate' - Our Diocese recognises National Child Protection Week 2022

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's goal when it comes to child protection is to always recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and vulnerable adults, and for National Child Protection Week this year we're putting this commitment front and centre–literally–with the Office of Safeguarding's 'Decorate Your Gate' initiative.

As part of 'Decorate Your Gate', Diocesan Catholic schools and St Nicholas Early Education centres were invited to decorate their school or centre gate, fence, or alternative space in line with the theme of National Child Protection Week, ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.

Each school display will be inspected by a panel of judges featuring acclaimed Newcastle-based artist, Mitch Revs, for the chance to win a 10sqm locally-themed mural at their school painted by Mr Revs and designed in collaboration with students. St Nicholas Early Education centres can win $500 towards a special treat for their centre community.

About National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week (4-10 September) aims to engage, educate, and empower Australians to understand the complexity of child abuse and neglect and work together to prevent it. The campaign does this through the sharing of events and resources to encourage communities to engage in conversations around children’s safety and wellbeing.

This National Child Protection Week, we will be looking at what children are telling us, what families are telling us, what the evidence is telling us, and how to translate this knowledge into action.

We can stop child abuse and neglect – and reduce its impact – by working together to make sure every child in every community has a fair go.

To learn more about National Child Protection Week, including information on how you can get involved, click here.

Check out some of the incredible submissions for 'Decorate Your Gate' in the gallery below.

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Alexander Foster

Alexander Foster is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle